The primary focus of the Research Associates for Project Management Concentration Program, centers on “Project Management” activities and the continued development of the MBA “Project Management Concentration” program. Participants have the opportunity to acquire specific experience within each PM Process Group with the goal to accumulate the required hours to qualify for the Project Management Professional (PMP)
Irene M. Gasco received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in psychology with a minor in mathematics. She earned her Masters in Business Administration from Mount St. Mary's College last December. Irene was given the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in recognition of her academic excellence in the graduate program. She became interested in Project Management during the core curriculum and chose that to be her concentration. As part of her capstone project, she was able to apply many of the skills that she was learning through the final semester. By the end of 2012, Irene had earned her MBA as well as received her Certified Associate in Project Management. She is currently active in her church, serving as a deacon and as a member of the Pastor Nominating Committee.
Jonathon Hicks holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute. He has been directing and working on projects for fifteen years and is passionate about furthering the field of project management. After receiving his Bachelors in Comparative Religious Studies from California State University at Northridge, he spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. He earned his MBA from Mount St. Mary's in December 2010 with a focus on Organizational Leadership.
In 2012, he returned to the Mount to help develop and launch the MBA Project Management Concentration program in 2013. Jonathon continues as a lead Research Associate for Project Management Concentration supporting the MBA faculty, and the PM Concentration lead professors in the enhancement and further development of the PM Concentration lecture material. Jonathon has served as a Co-Professor teaching an introductory class in Project Management in the Weekend College and provides lecture support to the Project Management lecture series.
I am currently a Senior Account Representative at DCL managing fulfillment and distribution projects for clients such as Beats by Dre, Nestle, and Charles David. I recently completed an MBA program with a concentration in Project Management and graduated with honors. I have my Certification in Project Management (CAPM) and am committed to project quality and excellence in execution. I am passionate about project management and strive for continuous improvements to enhance my ability to serve others.
Arielle Mandell has 7+ years of experience in the wealth management financial and non-profit industries. She earned her Master’s in Business at Mount St. Mary’s College, and her undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Business, Marketing at Cal Sate University, Northridge. She is a Certified Associate of Project Management and holds her Personal Financial Planner certification from UCLA. Ms. Mandell actively serves on the board as Vice President and Chair of the Program and Facilities for The Boys and Girls Club of Venice. In this role, she continues to develop and implement programs and fundraising initiatives to enhance the opportunities for disadvantaged youth.
Totran Radke is a creative, solutions-focused, and results-oriented professional with a background in Marketing, Advertising, and Market Research. Currently, she is a Marketing Manager at Roll Global, leading the marketing strategy for the Teleflora brand, managing floral partnerships for Fortune 500 retailers, financial institutions, travel, and hospitality companies. In 2010, she started Open-Opportune, a full-service marketing and design consulting company dedicated to helping small businesses. Radke received her MBA from Mount St. Mary’s College, Certificate of Project Management (CAPM) from the Project Management Institute, and B.A in Political Science from UCLA. Radke has accepted the Research Associate role at Mount St. Mary’s College and is looking forward to working with Professor Huddleston and applying her educational and professional experience to grow the Project Management field in the MBA Program. Radke is currently the Chair, Emeritus of the UCLA Fund Young Alumni Development Council and have served as the Chair, Vice-Chair of Marketing, and West Los Angeles Regional Chair over the years. She is passionate about fostering alumni loyalty that translates to philanthropic results.
Maria Real holds an MBA from Mount St. Mary College, completed in 2010 along with a BS in Film from the International Fine Arts College based in Miami. She also holds a CAPM, Certified Associate in Project Management awarded through the Project Management Institute, and is currently working toward her CPA.
With 9 years’ experience in accounting, Maria Real brings a sophisticated and process-orientated approach to companies in which she has worked. She has experience ranging in industries like Healthcare to Life Insurance to Technology. Maria has excelled in AP, AR, Fixed Assets, Business Tax filings, Business Operations and Project Management.
Currently, Maria is an AP Accountant at Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), a leading provider of Human Capital Management Software. For the last 3 years, she has spent her weekends running the accounting for Christian Family Network, a $2M family operated company with 6 entities spanning across the western region of the US. As part of her volunteer work, Maria Real served 3 years in the Board of Mount St. Mary’s College MBA Alumni Association (MAPs). During her tenure she created and served as editor of a successful bi-yearly newsletter, spearheaded a series of events aimed at connecting alums and current students, and helped establish a scholarship program to benefit deserving students in MSMC’s MBA program.
I am currently a District Manager for Starbucks where I manage and direct the overall operations and profitability of 11 store locations. During my undergraduate career, I majored in Biology at California State University Northridge. My academic goals continued as a graduate student at Mount St. Mary’s College where I was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and was certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®). I will be working towards attaining my Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification because I appreciate how valuable it is in our ever-changing business world. I enjoy reading leadership books, the outdoors, and helping out in the community.